A recap of Monday’s highlights at the #UNGA

World leaders adopted the New York Declaration during the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants, which expresses their political will to protect the rights of refugees and migrants, to save lives and share responsibility for large movements on a global scale. The document contains bold commitments both to address current crises and to prepare the world for future challenges. It also included an important step: bringing the International Organization for Migration (IOM) into the UN system.

At the Summit, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched a new campaign called “TOGETHER — Respect, safety and dignity for all,” telling world leaders that “refugees and migrants are not to be seen a burden; they offer great potential, if only we unlock it.”

The United Nations social media team welcomed UN officials and world leaders to the “VIP Social Media Space.” One example is Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson who went live on the United Nations’ Facebook Page.

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Another key announcement was the introduction of the first class of global young citizens who taken outstanding leadership in the efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. The 17 Young Leaders will support efforts to engage young people in the realization of the SDGs both through strategic opportunities with the UN and through their existing initiatives, platforms and networks.

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Story from the field: Beirut and the Global Goals

How can media play a role in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 2030 agenda?

Our colleagues working in the UNIC-Beirut office believe that media, in all its forms, including online, audiovisual and print, can play a major role in spreading the word about the SDGs in order to empower people with the knowledge necessary to make change possible.

Based on this approach, four long-term media partnerships have been established with various outlets in Lebanon, aimed at promoting as widely as possible the SDGs and facilitating their achievement with all concerned parties in Lebanon.

The first partnership entails publishing an article in Arabic on the Lebanon Debate news website on a fortnightly basis. Lebanon Debate is considered among the best news websites in Lebanon with the highest traffic in terms of visitors.

The second partnership includes publishing a half-page feature story in one of Lebanon’s most-sold daily newspaper Ad-Diyar on a three-week basis.

The third and fourth partnerships were struck with audiovisual media, notably the leading radio station in Lebanon “Sawt Lubnan” or Voice of Lebanon and the state-run TV station “Tele Liban.”

As far as Voice of Lebanon is concerned, the SDGs will be featured in a dedicated weekly segment on their daily night show called “Manchette al-Masa” or Panorama to inform the listeners on how to actively contribute to the local understanding and implementation of this new global development agenda.

Regarding “Tele Liban.” there will be a special segment every two weeks in the weekly talk-show entitled “Kalima Hurra” or Free Speech. This segment will witness the introduction of each of the 17 goals, along with the hosting of UN or non-UN experts to discuss topics of relevance to each goal.